Michael Jackson's mother is "devastated" his children have been "taken away" from her while she was vacationing in Arizona and she's returning to Los Angeles to be reunited with them today, she told ABC News exclusively.
"I am devastated that while I've been away, my grandchildren have been taken away from me, and I'm coming home," Katherine Jackson said.
The 82-year-old Jackson family matriarch also addressed rumors concerning her whereabouts. She is the guardian of her late son Michael Jackson's kids, but they reportedly have not been heard from her in days. In the meantime, there are reports of disputes among Jackson family members at Katherine Jackson's Calabasas, Calif., home.
"There are rumors going around about me that I have been kidnapped," she said. "I am here today to let everybody to know that I am good and fine.
"My children would never do anything to me like that," she added.
Katherine Jackson said a court ruling today that gave temporary guardianship of Paris Michael, Prince Michael and Prince Michael II, Michael Jackson's children, to her grandson, TJ Jackson, was "based on a bunch of lies." TJ Jackson is the son of Tito Jackson, Michael Jackson's brother.
She said her stay in Arizona at the Miraval Resort & Spa was a "short vacation and rest."
As for not calling her grandchildren for days, Katherine Jackson said, "One reason I didn't call is I just gave up my phone and I didn't want to have any phone calls while I was here."
Check back with ABCNews.com for Katherine Jackson's full statement, and watch her statement tonight on "Nightline."Also Read